Friday, August 01, 2008

Penny Black Found In Trash

A mysterious collection of household items - including one of the world's first stamps - has been found dumped in a rubbish bin in Dorchester, England according to the Daily Echo.

Police were alerted to a trash can where they found a collection of stamps, as well as several household items, inside a bag. After closer inspection, one of the world's first stamps -the Penny Black from 1840 - was discovered inside a black leather presentation case.

The value of a unused Penny Black in good condition ranges from $200 to $3000 according to the article.

Shown above, the Penny Black was the world's first official adhesive pre-paid postage stamp and was issued on May 1, 1840.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM